I'm designing an experiment to learn about the characteristics imparted by some of the various dry yeasts lying around my refrigerator. I am going to brew one 5-gallon batch, split it into five 1-gallon carboys, and inoculate each with one of the following:
I will be following Orfy's Mild Mannered Ale recipe
. I was considering a single-malt single-hop recipe, but I wanted to learn from a beer that had some malt and hop complexity like most beers we drink.
This won't be ultra-scientific, as some of the yeasts vary in their use-by dates (they are 3-12 months away, have been in the fridge), but I figure since I'm pitching into 1-gallon batches there will be plenty of viability.
And there is my question. Is pitching a full packet too much? I know it's hard to overpitch, but that's like dumping 5 sachets into a low gravity 5 gallon batch. I'm considering 1/3 to 1/2 of an 11 gram sachet per gallon (have a kitchen scale). I won't be rehydrating, because I'm too lazy to do that with 5 separate yeasts, and I figure the extra yeast will ensure viability anyhow.
Please let me hear your thoughts.